Connor H. Carroll

Mastering Engineer&Atmos Mixer

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Los Angeles based mastering engineer for both indie and label artists. Connor has worked on projects from artists such as: Bankrol Hayden, Chikoruss, Faouzia, Lay Bankz, Shady Moon, Teqkoi, and many more.

Apple Digital Masters certified.

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Interview with Connor H. Carroll

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Every project. Seeing an artists vision come to fruition and people connecting to it, it's irreplaceable.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both, to each their own. I think both sound great and its just a work flow preference at this point. You can get excellent results with both. I work in the digital realm only for the reason that I need absolute transparency, but if I do need more saturation, there’s saturation plug-ins for that. Don’t get it confused, there are some analog pieces I’m interested in, but I've managed to get an analog sound from plug-ins.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: Metaphorical inner-peace and Confidence. There’s nothing like putting on a great record (especially your own) and as soon as you hear it, you begin to smile.

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: Make sure everyone is happy with the mix and feel confident that this will be the best your music can sound.

  9. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  10. A: Stereo mastering and Dolby Atmos. Just had a few songs come out such as "In 2 Deep" by Chikoruss and "Diamondz n Roses" by Lay Bankz & VaporGod.

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: How can I be of help? What shape would you like your master? Loud, soft, big, vintage, textured?

  13. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  14. A: Kii Audio Three BXT's, Elysia Alpha Compressor, Sontec 432C/6, Chord DAVE DAC, Lavry Lavry Savitr AD-24-200 ADC

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: Anthony Green. The music is authentic, every project he is a part has an emotional connection. His creative output is unique.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: Mastering. Working to find what is best for the projects interest. People think Mastering; making a song loud. Mastering is basically a final decision maker, whether it be picking a drum sound, masterbuss processing, choosing a guitar tone.

  19. Q: What's your typical work process?

  20. A: I examine the mix for any imperfections like hiss, pops, clicks, hums, etc. Then I will add width, depth, and clarity by making transparent tonal adjustments and compression if required. After a few device checks, It gets sent to the client.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: Entirely ITB mastering studio. Plugins have gotten so good now, it’s almost like why bother. Right now I’m working in Pro Tools Ultimate with an Avid Dock as my “console” and controller. My interface is a UA Apollo Twin X Quad with some help from a UA Octo-Core Satellite. For sonic editing and clean up I use iZotope’s RX8 Advanced. DSP from UA, Plugin-Alliance, Softube, Brainworx, iZotope, Fabfilter, Sonnox, and a disgustingly longer list more. I’m monitoring through Yamaha HS8’s and Technical Pro MRS5’s (upgraded monitoring and DAC coming Q4 2022).

  23. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  24. A: Brian Lucey, his approach to music is very authentic.

  25. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  26. A: Michael Trepagnier, he was my professor at ACM for a few years, he’s a certified genius no matter the task (He does not do mastering).

  27. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  28. A: The fact that this is my job. Im extremely grateful I'm able to wake up and do what I love for a living. Helping clients bring their art to life, art that they can share to world.

  29. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  30. A: "Do you know how long it'll take to get the project done?" Singles & EP’s 1-3 business days. Albums 7-14 days. “What is Apple Digital Masters?” ADM is Apple’s AAC audio format for playback. "Do you offer Dolby Atmos?" Yes, we offer a few immersive services such as: Dolby Atmos mixing, Dolby Atmos Mastering, Sony 360RA, and Surround Sound (5.1) Mastering.

  31. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  32. A: So I started working with audio production in 2008. I was 10 years old and I plugged an Xbox 360 USB RockBand mic into my moms computer and it worked. It's been my only focus and interest for the past 14 years of my life. I've only ever done musical things. All through middle and high school I was in band, playing trombone, French horn and mellophone. I started playing guitar at a very young age then soon after, picked up piano. I attended ACM@UCO here in Oklahoma City, OK. Now, 8 years later, I currently engineer for Atlantic Records along side mastering.

  33. Q: How would you describe your style?

  34. A: Could be warm and colorful, could be as transparent as glass. Regardless, I aim to do what is best for the song. I do love tube saturation and harmonics though, even if in small amounts.

  35. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  36. A: “Don't be rude, you never know who you are going to meet.” - Michael Trepagnier

  37. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  38. A: Emotional presence, unique sonic color, and most importantly, quality.

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: Stereo mastering and Dolby Atmos mixing.

  41. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  42. A: That the mastering guy can fix it. Make sure you, your band, your engineer/producer, your mom, girlfriend, her mom, and everyone else involved is 200% satisfied with the the mix. We can fix a lot, but not everything.

  43. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  44. A: Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Pop, Rock, Latin, Country, and Classical.

GenresSounds Like
  • Lizzo
  • Circa Survive
  • Chikoruss
Gear Highlights
  • Kii Audio BXT Monitoring System
  • Avid Dock
  • UAD Satellite
  • Tascam 122MKIII
  • Pro Tools Studio
  • WaveLab12 Pro
  • RX 10 Advanced
  • Dolby Atmos Mastering Renderer
  • Acustica
  • McDSP
  • iZotope
  • Plug-In Alliance
  • Softube
  • Waves
  • UAD
  • FabFilter
  • IK MultiMedia
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